FEMA to help North Carolina with tornado damage

Staff WriterJuly 9, 2011 

Wake, Johnston and 18 other North Carolina counties are getting federal assistance in the aftermath of the April tornadoes, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Friday.

Close to $1.5 million in loans and grants has been approved for 2,400 Wake business owners, homeowners and renters, said Tony Jones, spokesman for N.C. FEMA.

Johnston is receiving about $1 million, followed by Cumberland County, at $890,000.

Overall, FEMA approved $18.6 million for the 20 counties. Loans represent 60 percent of the total assistance, while the rest is grants, according to FEMA.

The $18.6 million comprises:

More than $11.2 million in low-interest loans for homeowners, renters and businesses.

More than $5.3 million in grants for temporary housing and home repairs.

Nearly $2.1 million in grants for replacing personal property and paying for disaster-related needs not covered by insurance or other programs.

FEMA also approved $10 million as public assistance to local governments, state agencies and eligible nonprofit organizations. The assistance allows FEMA to fund 75 percent of tornado-related projects. The state covers the rest.

Tuesday was the deadline to register with FEMA.

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